As expected, QB Connect was a splashy event with celebrity speakers, and plenty of high-powered tracks on how to evolve your CPA practice and grow your business consulting firm.
SHOUT OUT TO OUR CUSTOMERS
The in-booth visits from so many of our truly awesome customers were among Bigtime’s best moments at QB Connect. The booth traffic was really intense and many of you slipped away before we could talk. Thank you so much for stopping by.
AND THE WINNER IS …
We also want to express our appreciation to everyone who visited the BigTime booth. If you entered our drawing for a chance to win a Fitbit Blaze, here’s the announcement you’ve been waiting for. Congratulations to winner Erin W. D. from San Diego, CA. Your Fitbit Blaze will arrive at your doorstep soon.
Now, on to the trends that we’ve observed in our own customer base which were confirmed at QB Connect.
#1 – PROJECT MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE CONNECTED WITH TIME TRACKING SOFTWARE AND INTEGRATED WITH QUICKBOOKS IS A TOOL FOR GROWTH.
The marketplace is very competitive. This is no surprise to anyone who runs a business that bills for time, services, and materials. This was a recurring refrain at the Midwest Accounting and Finance Showcase earlier in the year. At QB Connect, the volume was turned up even louder as accounting consultants grapple with the necessary and difficult task of differentiating their firm from all the others.
Looking at our own customer base, we have observed that those who enjoy economic success have embraced cloud-connected applications. Using BigTime’s time management software and its integration with QuickBooks, these firms have connected their workflow to increase productivity and leverage entered time, expense and project data for insightful reporting. They not only run a smarter firm, they stand apart from their competitors as a superior, forward-thinking resource for their clients.
#2 – INTUIT’S PARTNERSHIP WITH GOOGLE APPS CONFIRMS CONNECTED IS BETTER.
At the conference, Intuit demoed its new QuickBooks calendar integration with G Suite. According to Intuit’s 2016 Appification of Small Business Study, 58 percent of global small businesses look for seamless integrations when selecting an app to help run their businesses.
From the beginning, we believed in connecting our software to other products that would help our customers be more productive. That’s why we integrated with QuickBooks from day 1.
BigTime’s application simplified the capture of time and expense tracking, project management, and invoicing. We used the data generated as the basis for real-time reporting to help our customers run smarter and more profitable businesses with metrics-driven insight.
Our seamless push/pull sync with QuickBooks Cloud (and Desktop) turns our paired products into an enterprise-level application. It’s nice to have Intuit’s integration with G Suite confirm our belief in the power of connected apps. It’s even nicer that we were there first; already integrated with Google and the tax preparation app, Lacerte. We focus on making our time tracking software the very best it can be. But we always have integrations in the works so we can give our customers access to the apps they want to use with BigTime. Connected is better.
#3 – CLOUD CONNECTS MORE THAN INTEGRATED APPS. CLOUD CONNECTS INTEGRATED SOLUTION PROVIDERS.
BigTime attended QuickBooks Connect to meet professionals who are ready to stand out from everyone else and be a game changer – that rare person who wants to be more than a service provider or a business advisor. We wanted to meet forward-thinking individuals who believe, as we do, that integrated cloud applications offer the solution to their clients’ most pressing problems. If this sounds like you, let’s talk.
Consider this. As a marketing partner, you not only have more services and solutions to offer your clients, you have more opportunities to increase your earnings. And when your clients experience a positive economic outcome, you will too.
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See you at QuickBooks Connect 2017.
BigTime Software delivers real-time, metrics-driven time tracking, billing and project management for 2,000 customers and tracks more than $2 billion in billings (USD) annually. It operates in a cloud SaaS platform and its feature set is customized for the professional services industry – specifically, Accounting, Architecture and Engineering, Consulting, Creative, Government Contracting, IT Services and Legal firms. BigTime is a venture-funded company based in Chicago committed to helping clients unlock billing realization and profits through more effective time tracking.